The ANU Institute for Communication in Health Care
The Institute for Communication in Health Care (ICH) is an international, interdisciplinary organisation, established to promote health communication research and the application of research findings to healthcare practice and education. Based at one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, the Institute addresses mounting evidence that ineffective communication at all levels of the healthcare system leads to poor patient outcomes, including serious illness and death, and contributes to clinician dissatisfaction.
Recognising the increasing linguistic and cultural diversity of healthcare consumers and clinicians, the institute encourages an innovative interprofessional approach. Through its collaborative projects and events, the Institute bring together internationally renowned experts from the disciplines of medicine, nursing and other health professions, medical/healthcare education, interprofessional training and practice, health policy and leadership, health sciences, linguistics, health communication studies, sociology, and clinical service redesign.
Building on extensive collaborations established over the last six years between healthcare professionals and communication experts from around the world, the newly established Institute fosters innovative interdisciplinary research, collaborative projects and annual international events.